CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 375 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) on April 28, 2009.
H.Res. 375 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the goals and ideals of Workers' Memorial Day to honor and remember workers who have been killed or injured in the workplace;
• "Recognizes the importance of worker health and safety standards;
• "Encourages the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, industries, employers and employees to support activities aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of preventing illness, injury, and death in the workplace;
• "Calls upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and respect."
According to the resolution's findings, each year, more than 5,500 workers are killed due to workplace-related injuries in the United States, and more than 2,000,000 workers across the world die of workplace-related accidents and diseases. There are more than 4,000,000 occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States annually. Tens of thousands of Americans with workplace injuries or illness become permanently disabled.